As a compassionate animal lover, Ana Zorrilla was drawn to the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) for the opportunity to make an impact in the animal and human community of New Orleans. She joined the team in February 2006 as Vice President of Development. Based on Ana’s demonstrated leadership qualities and business acumen she was selected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer in November 2007.
Through her tenure as CEO, Ana has attended the Executive Certification Program in Nonprofit Leadership at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership of George Washington University. She has led the organization through Hurricane Gustav and the first evacuation of companion animals from an American city. Ana served as a panelist at The Humane Society of the United States Expo 2009 conference.
Ana has also received accolades within her community as a recipient of New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch 2008 and as one of 50 honorees for New Orleans’ City Business’ Women of the Year 2009. She currently serves on the Board of the Directors of New Orleans Outreach and The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and she’s previously served on the board of directors of the Greater New Orleans Camp Fire USA and Summerbridge/Breakthrough National Program.
Ana graduated from Loyola University with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. A New Orleans native Ana and her husband José have made a home for their daughter Isabela, along with their two Jack Russells in the Mid-City neighborhood.